End of the World House
by Adrienne Celt
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Pub Date 19 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 19 Apr 2022
Bertie and Kate have been best friends since high school. Bertie is a semi-failed cartoonist, working for a prominent Silicon Valley tech firm. Her job depresses her, but not as much as the fact that Kate has recently decided to move from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
When Bertie’s attempts to make Kate stay fail, she suggests the next best thing: a trip to Paris that will hopefully distract the duo from their upcoming separation. The vacation is also a sort of last hurrah, coming during the ceasefire in a series of escalating world conflicts.
One night in Paris, they meet a strange man in a bar who offers them a private tour of the Louvre. The women find themselves alone in the museum, where nothing is quite as it seems. Caught up in a day that keeps repeating itself, Bertie and Kate are eventually separated, and Bertie is faced with a mystery that threatens to derail everything. In order to make her way back to Kate, Bertie has to figure out how much control she has over her future—and her past—and how to survive in an apocalypse when the world keeps refusing to end.
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What would you do if your best friend disappeared at the Louvre during your trip to Paris? Now add on a continuous looping of events that confuses you with different endings, similar characters amidst escalating world conflict . . .
Bertie, our protagonist, is a cartoonist drawing dinosaurs to market products that may save the world. She loses her best friend and then meets Dylan who seems to understand this loopy, twisty world. How much control does Bertie have over her future—and her past in order to survive the impending doom of the world? To what extent do we act with freedom of choice, repetition of life events, and bursting soap bubbles to create mastery in our own lives?
This sci-fi story is complex, intricate and sometimes difficult to understand. But the premise is intriguing . . . will Bertie’s life be marked by freedom and choice or spin through repetition? What would you choose? Worth reading and thinking about as our world spins.
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